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The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise Czech Republic • Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary
2016 Departure Date: May 26
11 Days • 23 Meals Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Amadeus Silver II, our exclusively chartered river ship on a seven-night cruise through four countries. Includes two nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English-speaking guides.
Including2 Nights inPrague
Seven nights accommodations aboard the MS Amadeus Silver II
DAY ONE – Depart the USA Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
DAY TWO – Prague, Czech Republic Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in this city that offers a cul- tural and historic past. The day is at leisure for you to begin ex- ploring your new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an in- cluded dinner. (Dinner)
DAY THREE – City Tour of Prague After breakfast, an included tour highlights the famous sites of the city. Old Town Square is home to pastel-colored buildings, the Church of Our Lady of Tyn, the Town Hall and famous As- tronomical Clock. Another focal point of this charming city is the 9th-century Prague Castle. You’ll see Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and the medieval Charles Bridge adorned with statues that each tell a story of Prague’s colorful past. During free time this afternoon, discover the city on your own or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. (Breakfast)
DAY FOUR – Passau, Germany After breakfast, depart Prague by motorcoach for Passau, one of Germany’s oldest cities, situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Enjoy an included guided walking tour through this beautiful and fascinating fairytale town that has a history dating back more than 2,000 years. During the walking tour, admire graceful arcades, cobblestone streets and see the breathtaking Baroque cathedral of St. Stephan, before embark- ing Mayflower Tours’ exclusively chartered river ship - your home for the next seven nights. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner onboard. (Breakfast, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY FIVE – Linz and Salzburg, Austria In the 2nd century, Roman soldiers built a fortified camp on the riverbank, and in the 15th century, Emperor Frederick III built a castle high above the river. Today the city’s history is told through its Baroque architecture, which surrounds an ancient market square. The day is yours to explore Linz on your own
The orange-tile roofs of Prague, Czech Republic
The Mayflower Way
4 23 Meals (8 dinners, 6 lunches, and 9 breakfasts) 4 Airport transfers when air is provided by Mayflower Tours 4 International Cruise Director and Mayflower Tours expert staff onboard, plus local guides for shore excursions 4 Before cruising we begin in Prague, Czech Republic with a two- night hotel stay and touring 4 Experience the Danube River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver II river ship on a seven-night cruise 4 Once onboard, unpack just once in your tastefully furnished river view stateroom with a window for panoramic viewing 4 Visit five countries— the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary—while cruising the best of the Danube River including the beautiful Wachau Valley 4 Included shore excursions escorted by local, English-speaking guides in Passau, Dürnstein, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 4 All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties served at one leisurely seating 4 All onboard dinners are four courses and served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks 4 Afternoon tea and late evening snack served daily in the lounge 4 Complimentary WiFi onboard 4 Spacious public areas with large picture windows in the lounge, bar and dining room 4 Evening events and Insights onboard 4 Enhanced touring experience with the use of individual audio headsets 4 Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on Mozart Deck 4 Drop-down French balcony featured in the staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss Decks 4 $55 in Mayflower Money
4 Organ concert in Passau (subject to availability) 4 Insightful presentation on the history of the Danube River 4 Included visit to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna 4 Culinary demonstration by the ship's chef 4 Musical concert performed onboard by local artists in Bratislava
or join an optional excursion to Mozart’s Salzburg where your guide shows you sights from ‘The Sound of Music’ and walks you along the famous Getreidegasse Lane, past Mozart’s birth- place. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SIX – Melk and Dürnstein, Austria After breakfast, join an optional excursion in Melk to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which boasts a breathtakingly opulent Baroque interior. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley as we cruise along the Danube River before arriving in Dürn- stein—"The Pearl of the Wachau". Join your local guide for a stroll through this pretty, medieval town set in Austria’s spectac- ular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. With its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses, it is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue façade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart in 1193, can be seen on the hilltop. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY SEVEN – Vienna, Austria Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a her- itage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and mon- uments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse. The capital is also known as the "City of Music" for having once been the home of com- posers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On your included excursion, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city and visit Shönbrunn Palace, with its magnif- icent interiors and landscape gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center this afternoon. This evening, join an optional excur- sion for a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY EIGHT – Bratislava, Slovakia The day starts with an included panoramic city tour of
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the former capital of Hun- gary. Board the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. As the train winds its way through the streets up to Bratislava Castle, the guide will point out the beautiful buildings and historic sites along the way. See the Slo- vak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop’s Summer Residence and the Blumental Church. You’ll arrive at the Vienna Gate and continue on for a photo stop from Castle Hill. In the Old City begin a leisurely paced walking tour through the historical center. See the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and the Opera House. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY NINE – Budapest, Hungary After breakfast enjoy an included city tour of Budapest. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, Heroes Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore and shop for porcelain or other local specialties. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY TEN – Budapest at leisure The full day is at leisure for you to spend the last day of your European holiday as you wish in this magnificent city. This evening we say goodbye at our farewell reception onboard. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard)
DAY ELEVEN – Budapest / USA Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. (Breakfast)
The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise
See the Bratislava Castle in Slovakia The beautiful gardens of Schönbrunn Palace Budapest’s Parliament graces the banks of the Danube
The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise
All staterooms offer river views and have a private bathroom and shower, hair dryer, radio, flatscreen TV, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, safe and telephone.
** Staterooms on these decks feature a drop-down French balcony † Suites feature a walk-out balcony
CRUISE AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Days Two and Three – Hotel Yasmin or similar, Prague, Czech Republic Days Four through Ten – Aboard the MS Amadeus Silver II
The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise